Florida Man Arrested After Allegedly Vandalizing Church With Sledgehammer

A Palm Bay, Florida man, identified as 24-year-old Timothy Donald Bornman, faces multiple felony charges after a series of destructive and violent actions at Mission Church. Bornman allegedly caused $10,000 worth of damage to the church and assaulted a police officer with a Stanley tumbler, according to court documents.

The incident began around 5:15 p.m. on Saturday when Palm Bay Police responded to a 911 call about a man breaking into Mission Church. Upon arrival, officers found Bornman, who was only wearing shorts and wielding a metal Stanley tumbler, shouting and cursing at congregants in the church’s parking lot.

According to the arrest affidavit, when an officer approached Bornman, he threatened, “I’m going to f–k you up,” before walking away. The officer then drew his electric stun gun and ordered Bornman to stop and get on the ground. Bornman initially complied by sitting down but soon stood up and tried to walk away again.

Bornman then reportedly approached another officer aggressively and attempted to hit him in the head with the stainless-steel cup. The officer managed to dodge the cup, but Bornman struck him in the shoulder.

Following the attack, Bornman tried to flee, prompting the other officer to use the stun gun. The darts from the stun gun incapacitated Bornman, causing him to fall to the pavement. Despite briefly resisting, officers were able to handcuff him.

Before Bornman’s arrest, congregants informed the police that he had broken into a shed at the back of the church property, retrieved a sledgehammer, and used it to break into the church. Once inside, Bornman allegedly caused extensive damage, destroying items and racking up over $10,000 in damages.

After his arrest, and following the reading of his Miranda rights, Bornman confessed to breaking into the church and causing the damage. He claimed the church had stolen everything from him, which he cited as his motive for the rampage.

Bornman was taken to Palm Bay Community Hospital for treatment and subsequently transported to Brevard County Jail. He faces charges of conspiracy to commit burglary, criminal mischief at a place of worship, battery of a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest.

This incident highlights the severe consequences of destructive behavior and the potential dangers faced by law enforcement officers during such volatile situations. The community will undoubtedly be watching closely as the legal process unfolds for Bornman.


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